The ‘Barrier Reefs’ Coming to Clinton Street Bike Lane

Posted on: May 19th, 2022 at 5:10 am by

The Department of Transportation has chosen a winner to decorate the traffic barrier protecting the Clinton Street bike line.

The city agency awarded artist Alison Cynamon as part of the ongoing Barrier Beautification mural project. The concrete slab runs from Delancey Street to South Street; an 840-foot stretch with roughly 1,980 square-feet of canvas to decorate.

The new mural is called “Barrier Reefs,” a continuation of themes explored in a similar piece completed in 2020 for the Town of Kittery, Maine. The art will depict abstract forms of sea life found in New York Harbor – oysters, clams, mussels and other sessile organisms. All creatures that help construct natural barrier reefs.

Fitting, given the terminus of the project is at the East River, the misnomer of a waterway that is actually a tidal estuary connecting New York Harbor to the Long Island Sound.

Photo: Alison Cynamon

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